Late night good for businesses

October 17, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Hagerstown's first "Thursday Night Out On The Town" was a hit, resulting in more business and tourism than usual in the downtown area, business and city officials said.

"We saw new faces. To me, that's a good event," said Peggy Cushwa, owner of Maggie's Hang-Ups.

Hagerstown Economic Development Director Deborah Everhart estimated that between 250 and 300 people attended the event, in which downtown restaurants and businesses stayed until 9 p.m.

"I am definitely considering this a success," Everhart said.

The joint promotion of the city and the downtown business area will occur again Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.

Marge Davis, owner of Basketful of Gifts at 107 N. Potomac St., said it was great to look down Potomac Street at 5 p.m. and see shoppers.


"I think it is a great event," said Dick Trump, who was shopping at Hoffman's Men's Wear. He likes that it draws people downtown, he said. "People just have to understand what a great town this is."

The promotion included discounts and specials at retail shops and free parking in the North Potomac Street Parking Deck or at any meter.

Musicians performed in Public Square and at the intersection of Franklin and Potomac streets. Visitors to participating businesses and restaurants were given free desserts.

"I think it is wonderful," said Shana Ringer, owner of The Boutique, an 8-week-old business across from City Hall.

Participating restaurants included Washington Spy, The Gourmet Goat, The Broad Axe, Schmankerl Stube, Rocky's, Rhubarb House, Roccoco and Bentley's Bagels.

"I think it is a good event. We just need more participants," said Rachel O'Connor, owner of Carol & Company.

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